Erddig Bryn y Cabanau and Lewis Wood walk

Walking trail

Erddig's Bryn y Cabanau woodland walk is a 3 mile circular walk taking you round our purple waymarked route through a mix of riverside paths and woodland.

Explore a 300 year old wood

A little peace and quiet in the 300 year old Lewis Wood brings a rich abundance of wildlife including bluebells in spring. Bryn y Cabanau Wood is thought to have been used as 19th century rifle range, chosen for its remoteness and steep wooded banks.

Steps in the woods covered in an autumnal carpet of red leaves


Map showing Erddig's purple circular trail route


Erddig car park


Start by the dovecote and walk east through the coach park, continuing straight on to the stony track. On your right you’ll see the dead oak tree (Quercus robur) home to barn owls and a myriad of invertebrates.

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Erddig dovecote on an autumn morning


Follow the path round to the left and past the ha-ha, where if you look westwards (to your left), you will see the back of the house, the canal water feature and a glimpse of the 18th century formal gardens. The elaborate wrought iron gates from Stansty Hall, thought to be constructed by the Davis brothers, were installed at Erddig in 1977 when the house opened to the public.

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View through Erddig's Stansty gates west towards the house and gardens


Continue along the path and enter Big Wood.

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Entrance to Big Wood showing waymarker with 3 trails on in dappled shade


Follow the path round to the left and take the right hand path, following the way markers.

Erddig waymarker sign in Big Wood


At the next set of way markers turn right and continue along Lime Walk, taking advantage of the stunning views across French Meadow, following the course of the Clywedog River below you.

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A canopy of lime trees form Lime Walk at Erddig


At the end of Lime Walk go through the kissing gate onto the road. Take care when entering the road as there is a blind bend. Turn left and make your way down the steep road over the bridge and towards Sontley car park.

Waymarker and warning sign for blind bend on road


Continue past Sontley Road car park and go through the kissing gate on the other side of the road, following the purple waymarker.

Erddig Sontley Road car park on step 7 of the purple and red walking trails


Follow the footpath through Lewis Wood for about half a kilometre, following the purple waymarker arrows as you go.

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Purple waymarker sign showing footpath through Lewis Wood


At the edge of the woodland head over a stile leading out onto an open field. Bearing slightly left, go across the field where you will reach an iron footbridge across the Clywedog River.

Iron bridge crossing over the Clywedog river


Continue along the footpath to the right, entering Bryn y Cabanau Wood.

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Bryn y Cabanau Woods and the Clywedog River through the trees


Stay on the footpath running through the wood with several sets of steps and slopes along the route.

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Steps in the woods covered in an autumnal carpet of red leaves


Walk over a small wooden bridge and a stile, then head out of the woodland and into an open field.

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Small wooden bridge crossing over Gefeiliau Brook


Make your way up the field and over a stile at the top, then you arrive back out onto Sontley Road.

Purple waymarker sign pointing uphill on the Bryn y Cabanau walking trail


Cross over the road and retrace steps 1 to 6 back through the kissing gate at the end of Lime Walk, through Big Wood and round the east of the house passing the ha-ha and returning once again to the Dovecote.

The stile and waymarker sign by Sontley Road


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Erddig Bryn y Cabanau and Lewis Wood walk

How to get here

Erddig car park
By road

Signposted frm A525 on the Whitchurch road; From the A483 exit at junction 3.